Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pillowcase Challenge Update

April 2012 One Million
Pillowcase Challenge Update
Dear Abbi Mays Fabric Shop,

The pillowcase count continues to climb; currently the counter is at 408,000 pillowcases donated to charities!  Remember, every pillowcase counts and can make a difference to someone in need.
We have pillowcase kits in stock: Pillowcase

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Quilt Patterns from Black Cat Creations!

Four new patterns all fun and very different!

Finished size: 84" x 95"
This quilt may not come with music, but it defnitely sings. You'll love how easy this stunning quilt is to make. Start with fat quarters in your favorite color way and end with a gorgeous quilt. 

  Finished size - 71 1/2" x 80"
Scrappy is the name of the game. This quilt would look great in just about any color way and all you need is a handful of fat quarters! With our easy instructions, we know you'll be making more than one.

 Finished size 75" x 96"
This quilt is a great stash buster. Marblehead  fabrics from Paintbrush Studios by Ro Gregg would make a great quilt. Fat Quarter friendly.

  Finished size - approximately 41" x 57"
That's right! One layer cake (a pack of pre-cut 10" squares) will make any one of these gorgeous bargello quilts. Want to make it larger? Simply make 2 or 4 identical quilts and stitch them together. Pattern includes instructions for all 3 versions shown.

See all our pattern here from: Black Cat Creations
All patterns can be made into kits! Email if your are interested.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Another "As Seen In" from Easy Quilts - Heartstrings

Fons & Porters Easy Quilts Summer 2012 pg 42 - 49.

Designed by June Pease
Size: 41" × 47"
Blocks: 9 (7" × 9") blocks
 Skill level: easy piecing and appliquing
This warm throw is traditional, yet freshly stylish at the same time. Asymmetrical hearts are machine appliquéd on Shoo Fly blocks, combining two favorite designs from yesterday and today.

Fabrics used in this quilt are from Heartstrings from Red Rooster by Terri Degenkolb.

Included in this complete kit are all fabrics for this quilt:
  • 4 yards of fabrics for top, border and binding (fabric used in this kit are as pictured -no substitutions were made). 
  • 2 3/4 yards fabric for backing - from Heartstrings fabric collection (our choice).
  • Magazine not included (available it needed for $4.99)

Quilt kits are available here for $69.95 + shipping : As Seen In Heartstrings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As Seen In Easy Quilts - Key Lime Pie

Fons & Porters Summer 2012 pg 38 - 41.

Key Lime Pie uses refreshing colors of Key West inspired this super-easy small quilt!
Use it inside or outside to brighten your décor.
Finished size: 30" x 30"

Fabrics used are from Marblehead from Red Rooster by Ro Gregg.

Included in kit are fabrics pictured in quilt:
4 3/4 yards fabric for top, borders, binding and backing!

Purchase your kits here for $49.95 + shipping: Key Lime Pie

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Loons are back - and interesting facts!

These were on the lake last night! I had to use my best camera lens to capture this picture because they were about 100 yards away.

Loon Facts:
Loons, like ducks, geese, cormorants and grebes, are waterbirds, but they are classified separately by scientists.  Their closest living relatives are penguins and a group of birds called the “tube-nosed swimmers” (including albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters).
North America is home to five species of loons, including the Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata), Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica), Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica), Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii) and Common Loon (Gavia immer).  The Common Loon is the most widespread and well-known species, and the only one that breeds as far south as New Hampshire.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about loons is their haunting and variable voice.  Loons are most vocal from mid-May to mid-June.  They have four distinct calls which they use to communicate with their families and other loons; these are the tremolo, wail, yodel and hoot.

Until recently, loons were thought to mate for life. However, banding loons to allow the identification of individuals has shown that loons will sometimes switch mates after a failed nesting attempt, sometimes even in the same breeding season. Courtship and mating are a quiet time, with the pair swimming and making short dives together. Eventually, the male leads the female to a suitable spot on land to mate. Nest building then begins. 

Read more about Loons here:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Book Review: Just Spooling Around

Just Spooling Around  pattern book by Terri Degenkolb for Whimsicals. Four quilt patterns, wall hanging pattern, table runner pattern, pillow pattern, project bag pattern, and more.
Soft sided, 40 pages, 9 projects
This book is full of easy to follow instructions, with lots of pictures and tips!
Most quilts are shown in two colorways for different looks.
Projects include both piecing and/or appliqueing.

Most of the quilts in this book used fabrics from the 
Heartstrings collection designed by Whimsicals for Red Rooster.

The following show some of the projects in this book.

This is the quilt that inspired the name of the book.....
Finished size: 34" x 40"
Skill level: confident beginner
She used lots of different fabrics for the spools, but they are all from her more recent fabric lines, as well as fabrics from her newest line Heartstrings
Terri said: "I must have been tired and in a slap-happy mood when I was working on it because this little play on words, "just spooling around", popped into my head.... Get it?  Just spooling around instead of just fooling around?!  I had myself a little chuckle and decided that it would be a great name not only for the quilt, but for the book too!"

Three Bags Full
Finished size: 58" x 76"
Skill level: confident beginner
She used basic the cutting and piecing instructions to making a large quantity of half square triangles that require nothing more than a rotary cutter, ruler and marking pencil.

String of Stars
Finished size: 62"x 80"
Skill level: intermediate
This pattern provides a template for making star points.
 Terri says the stars are tricky at first, but found that making a few "test units" helped to improve her accuracy in cutting and piecing.

Three Ring Circus
Finished size: 15" x 45"
Skill level: Intermediate
 Learn a new method for making half square triangles!

 Perched on a spool!
Finished size: 12" x 16"
Skill level: advanced beginner - applique templates used

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New at Abbi Mays Fabrics Shop: Quilt and Fabrics Designer Terri Degenkolb - Whimsicals

Terri, though her company, Whimsical Inc. designs fabrics for Red Rooster .  Heartstrings is her newest collection.

She also publishes quilt books and patterns:

Coming this summer

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sneak Peek at new patterns coming in May!

Over the Rainbow Batiks from Moda by Laundry Basket Quilts coming in May.
Edyta Sytar has designed lots of new patterns wtha will be using her new batiks:

 This pattern uses her new precut/prefusable batiks!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Exclusive Quilt Kit using our Free Quickie Pattern!

Quilt sampler Barb used our exclusive Free Quickie Pattern Bars & Squares
to make these two quilts with two different looks!

This is a quilt that goes together quickly, a great project for when you want to
make a fun fast quilt for someone special.
Finished quilt size: 56" x 80" (twin size)
Skill level: Very Easy and FAST!

Kit includes:
Free Pattern: Bars & Squares Quickie Pattern
Fabric 5 YARD BUNDLE: 5 different fabrics @ 1 yard each
(enough for top and scrappy binding)

The fabrics she choose for her girl quilt were from
Summer House
from Moda by Lily Ashbury:

 For the boy quilt she chose
from Moda by Sweetwater:

You can purchase either quilt kit as pictured here for $52.00 + shipping:
Bars & Squares

Hint: This kit can be easily turned into two baby quilts instead of one large quilt.
The pattern makes one quilt 56" x 80" (10 rows of 7 blocks) or divide your rows into sections of (5 rows of 7 blocks) and make two 40" x 56" quilts.  Perfect for babies, kids, lap quilts or charities.